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Old 10-14-15, 12:22 PM
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Halloween Movies!

Sorry, no kiddie movies here. Grown up stuff only.

-Hellraiser. Available on Bluray. The original and still the best. Would you dare to solve the box?

-House of Dark Shadows. Forget that putrid movie with Johnny Depp. This is the real thing, with Jonathan Frid as Barnabus.
This is frequently compared to the best of the vampire movies that were churned out by Hammer Studios in the 60s.

-The Beyond. Directed by Lucio Fulci, one of the masters of Italian horror. If you can figure out the ending, let me in on it.
The Coolidge Corner theater in Brookline used to show this on Halloween nights. Also known as "Seven Doors of Death".

-Dario Argento's Dracula. If you like the movies about Vampires that sparkle, this is not for you. Buckets of blood: Check.
Totally whacky special effects: Check. Argento's pretty hot Daughter, Asia Argento in the movie: Check. You are good to go.
Bonus if you can find a version in 3D.

-Mother of Tears. A great one by Argento, but only for true fans of his work.

-Let's scare Jessica To Death. Definitely 70s Grindhouse all the way. No blood and guts. This is just known
for hit's very atmospheric photography, and "creep you out" factor. Still works well, after decades.
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When I was growing up. the 1939 version of Wizard of Oz was the Halloween classic. We still had a black and white TV so I really didn't realize that it was in color until I turned 21 and we showed it at the pizza place where I worked.

I'm really sad that MGM adulterated it by giving the black and white portion a sepia tint to make it look "old timey". To me that destroyed the idea that the black and white represented Dorothy's real world and the technicolor was Oz.

A sequel to it that I like is Tin Man, which returns to Oz 50 years later. It's a creepier darker Oz. It stars Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, and Neal McDonough.
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Nosferatu,
and Poltergeist- the original (and how I hate having to add that description), which I still can't watch by myself.
Also, not sure if you'd count this as a kiddie movie or not, but Killer Clowns from Outer Space. First scary movie I watched with my friends without an adult present.
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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Mars Attacks!.

As you can tell, I'm not much on horror and blood.

When I was a kid, Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolfman were the standard Halloween fare.
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When I was growing up. the 1939 version of Wizard of Oz was the Halloween classic. We still had a black and white TV so I really didn't realize that it was in color until I turned 21 and we showed it at the pizza place where I worked.

I'm really sad that MGM adulterated it by giving the black and white portion a sepia tint to make it look "old timey". To me that destroyed the idea that the black and white represented Dorothy's real world and the technicolor was Oz.

A sequel to it that I like is Tin Man, which returns to Oz 50 years later. It's a creepier darker Oz. It stars Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, and Neal McDonough.


Too bad they didn't include the HammerHeads in the '39 film. Eerie stuff in the original. I first heard of them in Colleen Aycock & Mark Scott's biography of Joe Gans.

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Now we're talking!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite genre!

-Halloween Original: Watch it a few times a year, all day running on Halloween

-Tourist Trap: Creepy! 'A vehicle breakdown strands teens near a desert madman's (Chuck Connors) wax museum, full of lifelike dummies.' The first time I watched it alone and was freaked.

-The Funhouse: One of my favorites and also gets watched a few times a year or more. 'Rebellious teen Amy (Elizabeth Berridge) defies her parents by going to a trashy carnival that has pulled into town. In tow are her boyfriend, Buzz (Cooper Huckabee), and their friends Liz (Largo Woodruff) and Richie (Miles Chapin). Thinking it would be fun to spend the night in the campy "Funhouse"… More horror ride, the teens witness a murder by a deformed worker wearing a mask. Locked in, Amy and her friends must evade the murderous carnival workers and escape before it leaves town the next day.

-Clownhouse: I used to rent this on VHS long time ago. It's very spooky. Probably more scary when I was younger but I own this on blu-ray. Pretty creepy flick. 'Three brothers (Nathan Forrest Winters, Brian McHugh, Sam Rockwell) are trapped in an old house with three escaped killers wearing clown suits.'
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Trick R Treat
Hellraiser I, II
Sleepy Hallow
Nosferatu (Klaus Kinski Version)
Evil Dead II
Army Of Darkness
Re Animator
Friday The 13th (The TV Series)
The Brothers Grimm
Ravenous
Jacobs Ladder
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Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
Now we're talking!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite genre!

-Halloween Original: Watch it a few times a year, all day running on Halloween

-Tourist Trap: Creepy! 'A vehicle breakdown strands teens near a desert madman's (Chuck Connors) wax museum, full of lifelike dummies.' The first time I watched it alone and was freaked.

-The Funhouse: One of my favorites and also gets watched a few times a year or more. 'Rebellious teen Amy (Elizabeth Berridge) defies her parents by going to a trashy carnival that has pulled into town. In tow are her boyfriend, Buzz (Cooper Huckabee), and their friends Liz (Largo Woodruff) and Richie (Miles Chapin). Thinking it would be fun to spend the night in the campy "Funhouse" More horror ride, the teens witness a murder by a deformed worker wearing a mask. Locked in, Amy and her friends must evade the murderous carnival workers and escape before it leaves town the next day.

-Clownhouse: I used to rent this on VHS long time ago. It's very spooky. Probably more scary when I was younger but I own this on blu-ray. Pretty creepy flick. 'Three brothers (Nathan Forrest Winters, Brian McHugh, Sam Rockwell) are trapped in an old house with three escaped killers wearing clown suits.'


Mangopumpkin, you would surely enjoy a favorite website of mine: The Grindhouse Database.
Be prepared for some serious time wasting with this website. Lots of information, pics, vids, and down-loadable posters. Enjoy.

A typical offering:

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Can't have a horror movie thread without including The Shining.
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This Halloween movie has balls.
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Now we're talking!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite genre!

-Halloween Original: Watch it a few times a year, all day running on Halloween
Filmed in my home town! South Pasadena stood in for lots of small towns- I think it appears in every '70's Disney movie out there. A friend lived around the corner from the "Halloween" house.
Famous Movie Locations: Michael Myers House from 'Halloween' (South Pasadena, California) - The Moviefone Blog

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And who can forget the original "Alien"?

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Just watched The Nightmare Before Christmas, not really a scary movie, but I had never seen it before.

Has anyone watched the Legend of Hell House from the 70's? I just read the book Hell House it's based on. It not streaming anywhere free that I got, but I'm wondering if it's worth watching.
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Just watched The Nightmare Before Christmas, not really a scary movie, but I had never seen it before.

Has anyone watched the Legend of Hell House from the 70's? I just read the book Hell House it's based on. It not streaming anywhere free that I got, but I'm wondering if it's worth watching.
Yes, put it on your list. Not really a Grindhouse movie, it does have some good production values.
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I was having a conversation with a family member last weekend about the last movies we watched that really scared us- to the point of it kept us awake at night scared. That doesn't happen very often with me, and I had a hard time coming up with anything. But a few days ago, I remembered what that movie was. Wind Chill, 2007- Emily Blunt is the only actor I recognize in it still. It's a little independent film about two kids driving home from college for the weekend. It was dark and well written. Unfortunately it's not streaming on Netflix or rentable on Amazon. But if you have a chance to check it out, give it a shot. If you liked The Gift with Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi, it's along that line.
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I thought the original Paranormal Activity was great. However, it is a polarizing movie.
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I never was much on traditional gore. I didn't have a christian background and the scariest thing to happen to me was the Cuban Missile Crisis. So my fears were high tech.

What scared me the most was a TV show in the early sixties called Terminus, which focused on dystopic science fiction movies. I especially remember a scene where a jet fighter was scrambled to defend us from the alien craft. But the alien's beam lit it up and it just disappeared. I've never been able to identify which movie that was. Terminus also played Attack of the Crab Monsters which was pretty creepy.
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Watched another new one to me, Let The Right One In. Not sure what to make of it. Wasn't especially scary, but somewhat creepy and moody. Kind of a growing up story with your BFF Vampire.
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Watched another new one to me, Let The Right One In. Not sure what to make of it. Wasn't especially scary, but somewhat creepy and moody. Kind of a growing up story with your BFF Vampire.
Sounds like Cirque du Freak (also known as Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare) - An interesting take on the vampire story
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Arsenic and Old Lace is a favorite of mine.

The original Svengoolie was on a local TV station when I was growing up, and the son of Svengoolie has taken over for him in. It's pretty funny some times, but it's one of the things my girlfriend refuses to watch. And she'll watch about anything on TV.
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Arsenic and Old Lace is a favorite of mine.

The original Svengoolie was on a local TV station when I was growing up, and the son of Svengoolie has taken over for him in. It's pretty funny some times, but it's one of the things my girlfriend refuses to watch. And she'll watch about anything on TV.
Oh man.... I watch Sven frequently. He has some good stuff, and I dig his brand of humor. This week, he has the original Dracula. Some call this the standard by
which all other vampire movies are measured. Of course, that is arguable. Still, the photography, and the scene at the beginning where they show Drac's wives,,
Man, that is good. I would like to see Sven show some of the really good, but totally bad at the same time, 50s classics such as "The Brain from Planet Arous, and
"Caltiki, the Immortal Monster". Another, "Not of this Earth". If you are curious, that is available on youtube. Features the very lovely Beverly Garland, who had
the qualities necessary for 50s science fiction movie ladies: She was hot, and she had "lung power": she could scream. Loudly. Also watch for a very bizarre
umbrella-like monster at the end. Comes in through open windows, and drops over peoples' heads. Darn, that is nasty.
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